Aroostook, Washington, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and
Hancock Counties (5 County Local Workforce Development Area known as the
Northeastern Workforce Development Board)
Aroostook & Washington Counties (Workforce Local Area 1)
and Hancock, Penobscot, & Piscataquis Counties (Workforce Local Area 2) are
consolidating their Workforce Development efforts.
The Chief Elected Officials (CEOs) for the five counties
have agreed to consolidate two Local Workforce Development Areas. Their
decision is grounded in maximizing resources and services to both job seekers
and businesses throughout all five counties. This new organizational model
with allow more to be done in all areas of the region.
Combining efforts will decrease costs by reducing staff and
eliminating redundancies in auditing, board development and strategic
planning. The consolidation will also increase resources available to
develop activities geared to educating the public about the workforce system
and building stronger relationships with job seekers, partners and businesses
throughout the region. Increasing education and training opportunities to
urban, suburban and rural populations and providing businesses with qualified
workers is the mandate of the workforce development system and this
consolidation is the most effective way to do this.
Under the United States Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act
of 2014 (WIOA), Chapter 2, Section 106b - Local Areas, the law requires the
CEOs to post their intent to consolidate the two local areas into one for
public comment. The five county area
estimates a start date April 1, 2016. Please
email your comments to Joanna Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to Joanna
Russell, P.O. Box 737, Bangor, ME 04401 no later than March 28, 2016. If
you have any questions contact Ms. Russell at 207-992-0770.